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May 05, 2016 09:24 |  #1

I'm about to buy a 7D2 and a 100-400 mk2. Since it's my first camera with video capability I'm thinking I ought to slip in an STM lens too. I'm very much inclined towards the 18-135, but wonder whether I need as much reach and whether I'd get better quality with a different STM lens. I've no experience of video at all and don't really know what I'm likely to end up shooting - scenery and people most likely. I use my current 100-400 almost exclusively for snapping birds. I figure that if I ever want to shoot a video of a bird I could use the 100-400 because I'm almost certainly going to be doing it at infinity where noisy/silent focusing presumably won't be an issue. On the other hand I sometimes find my 17-55 a bit short as a general walk-around lens and while my 17-85 has a good range, it's so lacklustre. For a general purpose lens the 18-135 would give me all the reach I'm ever likely to need. I guess the IQ won't be up to the 17-55, but the pics on the dedicated thread for the 18-135 look pretty good, so I'm thinking it's an acceptable trade-off. What do you think?


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May 05, 2016 09:26 |  #2

the 18-135 is a sharp lens and would bet it would be as sharp as the 17-55 its just slow compared to it


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May 05, 2016 10:35 |  #3

You can't go wrong with the 18-135mm STM. I use it as a vacation/walk around lens when I need more reach than my 17-55mm.

As far as image quality, the 18-135mm STM is just about as sharp as my 17-55mm but it doesn't have the contrast or colors. When I am processing pics in Lightroom I have to bump the sharpness slider a little more and add more contrast and vibrance.


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May 05, 2016 11:26 |  #4

24-105 STM. I love mine.




  
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May 05, 2016 13:22 |  #5

Definitely the EF-S 18-135mm STM... unless you also need to use the lens on full frame (then the EF 24-105 STM would be the right choice.... but it makes no sense to spend extra to get less lens for use only on an APS-C 7DII).

There also is the new EF-S 18-135mm IS Nano USM, which is said to be ideal for both stills and video: Faster than STM for action stills... yet quiet and smooth focusing for video. There's also the new power zoom module designed exclusively for use with this lens.


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May 05, 2016 13:30 |  #6

For their dirt price and L quality glass,
1) pancake 24mm F2.8 stm &
2) 55-250mm stm
are shame, not to have, if you are looking into STM or even higher priced lenses.


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May 05, 2016 15:02 |  #7

I just ordered a 55-250STM for a little gap filler. When I am at my Sons soccer games I am usually in the 200-280 range and my 150-600 just is to much. I have owned like 4 70-200 f4 and I always sell them because I never use them. But for $129 refurb for the 55-250 even if I dont use it much at all I wont feel bad cause it was dirt cheap.


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May 05, 2016 15:12 |  #8

Potners love the 18-135mm STM. The 18-55mm is a bit sharper, but of course is less versatile. My review of the latter is here.


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May 05, 2016 18:38 |  #9

I'd get the new 18-135 nano USM.


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May 06, 2016 06:08 |  #10

Thanks for all the replies. You have certainly given me things to ponder. I've looked up the 18-35 nano USM; it's quite a bit pricier than the STM, but if the IQ is higher then I'd be very tempted. Do we have a thread for this lens yet? I couldn't find one. Time to start one? It would be good to see some photos.


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May 06, 2016 07:32 |  #11

I rarely do video, but I am very impressed with my 18-135 STM. Great IQ and focus.


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May 06, 2016 16:48 |  #12

I see that in this review of the 18-135 nano-USM, http://www.the-digital-picture.com …-3.5-5.6-IS-USM-Lens.aspx (external link), it says "What didn't change is this lens' optical design from the 18-135 STM predecessor." So does this mean that the nano-USM lens has exactly the same glass and optical qualities as the STM version? In the UK the price differential between the two lenses is enormous, the nano costing 50% more (449 versus 295 GBP at Wex Photographic - that's roughly 648 versus 425 USD). Seems a helluva mark-up just for a new, faster focusing mechanism.


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May 06, 2016 16:59 |  #13

i wouldnt bother with the Nano version. the STM version is very sharp, focus VERY fast and dead silent. save the money and just get the normal STM one


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May 06, 2016 17:04 |  #14

Jack Dawe wrote in post #17998030 (external link)
I see that in this review of the 18-135 nano-USM, http://www.the-digital-picture.com …-3.5-5.6-IS-USM-Lens.aspx (external link), it says "What didn't change is this lens' optical design from the 18-135 STM predecessor." So does this mean that the nano-USM lens has exactly the same glass and optical qualities as the STM version? In the UK the price differential between the two lenses is enormous, the nano costing 50% more (449 versus 295 GBP at Wex Photographic - that's roughly 648 versus 425 USD). Seems a helluva mark-up just for a new, faster focusing mechanism.

Interesting comment about the price difference. Should be an opportunity to get the same optics for a bargain price. But there's no such big difference at B&H or here in Canada.


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May 06, 2016 18:29 |  #15

Archibald wrote in post #17998040 (external link)
Interesting comment about the price difference. Should be an opportunity to get the same optics for a bargain price. But there's no such big difference at B&H or here in Canada.

B&H lists $550 for the STM and $600 for USM. I'd go for the USM based on US pricing, but not GBP pricing.


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